Lady Margaret Beaufort. By permission of the Master and Fellows of St John’s College, Cambridge.

Women in Late Medieval Britain: Makers, Patrons, and Readers

The 2024 Harlaxton Medieval Symposium

at Madingley Hall, Cambridge

Please note that this is a draft programme which may be subject to change.

Monday 12th August

1:00 pm Registration opens

1:45 pm Welcome

Session 1

2:00-3:30 pm  

Joyce Coleman: Intertwined Lives: Alice Chaucer and Marguerite of Anjou

Margaret Connolly: The Pious and Personal Patronage of Janet Hepburn, Lady Seton (1480-1558)

3:30-4:00 pm Tea/Coffee

Session 2

4:00-6:00 pm

Virginia BlantonSyon Abbey’s Sanctilogium salvatoris in Cod. Sankt Georgen 12

Veronica O’Mara: Elizabeth White, Dominican at Dartford and John Fisher’s half-sister

Jennifer N. Brown: The Idea of the Anchoress

6:00 pm Reception for O’Mara and Blanton’s new book (in Terrace Bar)

6:30 pm BBQ Dinner

8:00 pm Drinks Reception and Poster Presentation
Sponsored by the Early Book Society

Terrace Bar open

Tuesday 13th August

7:30-8:30 am Breakfast

Session 3

9:00-10:30 am

Sarah Baechle: “My wombe wax out”: Class, Consent, Coercion, and the Distended Body Politic

Mary Morse: Women as Probable Commissioners and Owners of Prayer Rolls and Amulets

10:30-11:00 am Tea/Coffee

Session 4

11:00-12:30 pm

Kathryn Smith: Split Figures: Women/Men in Three English Fourteenth-Century Illustrated Manuscripts

Laura Slater: Devotion, Marriage and (Sex) Education in Medieval Manuscripts

12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Excursion: Coaches depart for Library and Archives tour, St John’s College, Cambridge, and Christ’s College Chapel

2:00-4:00 pm Library Tour

Dinner out in Cambridge (individual arrangements)

Return via bus or taxi (individual arrangements)

8:00 pm Terrace Bar open

Wednesday 14th August

7:30-8:30 am Breakfast

Session 5

9:00-10:30 am

Jonathan Hughes: The Emergence of the Mother Tongue and a Woman’s Perspective in Fourteenth- and Early Fifteenth-Century Italy and England

Nicholas Orme: Women and Education in England, 1200-1540

10:30-11:00 am Tea/Coffee

Session 6

11:00-12:30 pm

Lydia Zeldenrust: Women as Makers, Patrons, and Readers of Romances: What Counts as ‘English’?

S.C. Kaplan: Women Readers of Non-English Vernacular Texts in Late-Medieval Britain

12:30-2:00 pm Lunch

Session 7: The Pamela Tudor-Craig Memorial Lecture

2:00-3:15 pm

Sue Powell: Writing for Lady Margaret Beaufort: The Foundation of Christ’s College, Cambridge

3:15-3:45 pm Tea/Coffee

Session 8


Katharine Hindley: Charming Women: Medieval English Charms and Amulets for Female Users

Nicole Rice: Motherhood in the Late Medieval Hospital

6:30 pm Reception and Book Launch

7:30 pm Conference Dinner

Thursday 15th August

7:30-8:30 am Breakfast

8:30-9:00 am Check out of rooms

Session 10

9:00-10:30 am

Caroline Barron: Joan Cogenho: a London Forger in 1423

Andrew Prescott: The Women of 1381

10:30-11:00 am Tea/Coffee

11:00 Julian Luxford: (site-talk) Highlights of Madingley Hall

12:30-2:00 pm Lunch and depart

The Symposium is very grateful for the financial support of the Early Book Society.